Fleetwood Mac’s Mick Fleetwood Admits He ‘Forgot’ Two Years of His Life After Cocaine Use in 70s ‘Got Out of Hand’

by Emily Morgan

Co-founder of Fleetwood Mac, Mick Fleetwood, has recently admitted that he can’t remember two years of his life due to heavy cocaine use.

In a recent interview, the legendary drummer was candid about having gaps in his life he cannot remember– which he attributes to drug use. 

Speaking to Classic Rock magazine, Fleetwood said: “There’s no doubt we were well equipped with the marching powder. That’s a well-worn fairytale that gets more like a war story, that gets more and more aggrandized.”

Formed in London in 1967, the band members include Mick, Stevie Nicks, John McVie, Christine McVie, Mike Campbell, and Neil Finn.

“I’m not minimalizing the fact that we were definitely partaking in that lifestyle,” Fleetwood said. “But these weren’t a bunch of people crawling across the floor with green froth coming out of their mouths, we were working, you know?”

According to Fleetwood, the drummer’s habit “got out of hand” way after the making of Rumours, one of the band’s well-known records from 1977. 

“I remember not working for two years,” Fleetwood continued. “I can’t even remember what I did.”

Mick Fleetwood: ‘Cocaine Was Everywhere’

Both Fleetwood and Stevie Nicks have never been shy about discussing their heavy drug use while on tour.

In 2019, Fleetwood insinuated that cocaine was apart of the culture in the ’70s and ’80s.

 “Cocaine was everywhere, people who worked in banks used it,” he said to The Independent.

“Personally, I had a run on that lifestyle, but fortunately, I didn’t get into any other type of drug that would have been more damaging – I don’t even know why, but I’m very thankful.”

Last year, Rumours had a resurgence of popularity when the album re-entered the top 10 on the charts.

The popularity started after a TikTok user posted a video of himself skateboarding while playing the song, “Dreams.”

Rumors re-joined the Billboard charts 43 years after it was first released. The album later climbed to the No. 9 spot. 

According to Variety, Fleetwood Mac’s second single from the album, “Dreams,” has seen an even bigger jump, hitting the No. 3 spot on the chart.